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Old 23 January 2003, 18:24   #11
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When I had a 16ft Zodiac SIB I got a box trailer and put tube supports ontop of the box sides. Everything (outboard, ropes, diving kit, fuel etc) went in the trailer - boat simply sat on the top (inverted if there were two of us to load). Personally I have never used a towed boat as a trailer, seen too many arrive with severe amonts of chafe (or in several cases actual holes) in them where ropes have stretched or padding has come adrift.
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Old 24 January 2003, 04:52   #12
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Wow, thanks folks thanks for the advice (keep it coming), this has been really interesting for me.

Phill, Graeme and Matiboy really sum up the three positions that I have been considering.

1. Box trailer with fittings for SIB (inflated) on top with engine and kit inside (Phill)
2. Box trailer with SIB packed inside with all of the kit as well (Graeme)
3. Purpose built inflatable boat trailer (Matiboy)

All are very good suggestions and all are viable options. So how do costs and details compare?

Here are my thoughts and personal considerations.

1. Quicksilver is kept at my home in Scotland, which is right on the beach.
2. There are several great ‘cruising/exploring’ areas within a few minutes drive with shelter from different wind directions. This means that if I can not launch from Hilton of Cadboll, I can usually launch somewhere within a 20 minute drive away (take a look at the map and you will see why).
3. I may occasionally take the boat home to Birmingham
4. I like to keep the boat inflated and in my garage (in Scotland, in Birmingham I do not have room)
5. If I am taking the boat to Nigg (for example) just 15 minutes drive away, I have to do the following at present. Get boat out of garage. Deflate boat, pack it away, load the car. Drive to Nigg. Unload car, inflate boat, set it up, launch it. Go out in boat for an hour or so. Deflate boat, pack it away, load car. Drive back to Hilton of Cadboll. Unload car, inflate boat, wash it down, park it in garage.
6. I want to be able to use the boat as often as possible with as less hassle as possible
7. I like to take the boat on regular trips over to the West Highlands coast
8. It would be an advantage it I could launch the boat on my own
9. Originally I envisaged using the boat ONLY from Hilton of Cadboll. I never thought that I would be brave (or foolhardy) enough to go on ‘adventures’ with it.
10. I can not afford to buy a bigger boat
11. I am happy with the boat I have (until I move up to Scotland permanently, but that is another story)
12. I need to free up some space in my Mondeo estate car so I can actually have the option of taking the boat back to Birmingham if I want to

Costs:

Box trailer, complete with spare wheel, lights etc. = £400.00
Box trailer as above with extra supports added = £450.00
Inflatable boat trailer, complete with lights, spare wheel (mounted) = £425.00

So as you see, the costs are about the same.

Now having written the above and digested it myself, I must admit that today I am veering towards the inflatable boat trailer option (however, I must point out that last week I was wavering between the two box trailer options).

Either way I have definitely decided on the trailer route.

I have attached a picture of the De Graaf trailer that I am considering.

Keith (can’t make his mind up) Hart
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Old 24 January 2003, 06:43   #13
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My penny worth ...

I used to use an inflatable boat trailer not unlike that you picture.

It meant you could keep the SIB inflated and just float it off the trailer into the water just like the big boys do.

However it still meant stuff in the boot of the car.

If you had the box trailer with SIB on top then you can store all the ancillary gear in the box trailer.

OK the SIB can not be floated off the box trailer into the ocean without subermeging the whole box trailer but it could be reversed very close and this would mean minimal manhandling of the SIB to get it afloat and a nice secure box trailer for storing all your gear.
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Old 24 January 2003, 07:09   #14
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Old 24 January 2003, 07:11   #15
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Seriously now

Some ideas can be sought at this web-site . They are South Africa's best and most inventive trailer makers. This particular one has loads of storage with a roof-rack to place Quicksilver on and tie down.
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Old 24 January 2003, 07:13   #16
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Deluxe Model

Similar theme, but more snazzy!
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Old 24 January 2003, 07:18   #17
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Forgot to mention, had an opening tailgate on the trailer (meant it was, just, possible to add/remove kit after putting the boat ontop.
If you use car sized wheels (preferably the same as your car - no need for two spares then) the box trailer can tip at a fairly steep angle, so sliding the boat on/off is simpler than it may seem at first glance. But unless you're wearing a drybag and have one
h--l of a steep slip floating it off isn't really an option. I preferred a keel roller (bobbin shaped one) on the front top edge of the trailer and a winch on the drawbar.
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Old 24 January 2003, 09:09   #18
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Hey Charles that second pick looks like you could sleep in it :

A quick window/skylight in the top, an air vent and one of those tapered sleeping bags and keith has got his boattrailer and caravan all in one.
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Old 24 January 2003, 10:29   #19
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take a look at this one...

http://www.sportsrig.com/
I don't know how much your SIB weighs, but this is a dandy of a little trailer.
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Old 24 January 2003, 13:59   #20
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Keith, pm'd you a descriptive cheaper option. Not being secretive guys, just it's a bit long winded.
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